Santa’s grottos 2017: the South

We round-up the best Santa’s grottos 2017 in the South of England…

Follow a trail to Santa’s grotto at Ham House and Garden, Surrey
Follow the magical Christmas trail in the 17th-century gardens to Santa’s grotto, where every child will receive a Christmas gift.
When? 10th-11th, 17th-22nd December, 10am-3.30pm
Where? Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS

Father Christmas in the Crystal Grotto, Painshill Park, Surrey
Take a relaxing stroll through the park then call in to see what Santa and his elves are up to. Activities last 2 hours and can be combined with Natural Christmas Decoration Workshop, Christmas Scavenger Hunt or any other led or self-led activity.
When? First weekend of December up until Christmas eve.
Where? Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE

Newquay Zoo’s Festive Weekend, Cornwall
This year enjoy a festive weekend of ‘Jungle All The Way’. Complete a candy cane trail, listen to Santa read Christmas classics and handover your Christmas wishlist in the grotto.
Where? Newquay Zoo, Newquay, TR7 2NN
When? 16th -17th December

Christmas Adventure Wonderland
The indoor adventure play centre gets a Christmas makeover complete with a Father Christmas, his faithful reindeer, Rudolph, and helpful elves in their traditional log cabin, where every child receives a gift. Plus, there’s a Christmas Colouring Challenge AND mulled wine and mince pies for the adults!
When? 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th 10th, 16th – 23rd December
Where? Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BA

Father Christmas comes to Claremont, Surrey
The quaint Thatched Cottage will be magically transformed for a very special visitor…
When? 9th December
Where? Portsmouth Rd Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG

Traditional Father Christmas, Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth The Victorian Festival of Christmas is back and bigger than ever. Catch up with Father Christmas in all his traditional green garb ready to spread his very own special Christmas cheer. And make sure you grab a #elfieselfie to share on Facebook! When? 1st – 3rd December, 10am – 6pm
Where? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ

Christmas at Marwell, Winchester
Guests at Marwell Zoo meet more than just Santa, they also get to see the helpful elves, Mrs Claus and reindeer’s too! This really will be a day to remember for little ones and parents alike.
When? 19th November-24th December
Where? Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH

Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs
Journey to the top of Crampton Tower, through the elves’ workshop, to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Kids of all ages can ride on a 5-inch gauge miniature railway.
When? 3rd-4th ,10th-11th ,17th-18th ,20th-21st December 1pm-5pm
Where? Crampton Tower Museum, The Broadway, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2AB

Kent and East Sussex Railway
The Santa Specials take place on a return steam train ride from Tenterden to Northiam Station – a delightful 1hour and 10 minutes journey. Santa visits each child on the train and delivers their (age appropriate) gift to them during the return journey to Northiam. There’s even a mince pie and tipple for the adults.
When? 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 22nd-23rd and 24th December
Where? Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE.

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